St Elizabeth councillors pick Simpson over Palmer for mayor

Councillor Jeremy Palmer  (File Photo).

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — In a surprising development, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Donald Simpson, who was elected in Monday’s local government election as councillor for the Malvern Division, has been selected by the nine-member Jamaica Labour Party caucus of councillors in ... Read More

FRASER-PRYCE…started preparing for next season with the Reynaldo Walcott group at STETHS (Photo: Observer) U-turn!
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Two-time Olympic Games 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has ma ... Read More

ISSA/Tru-Juice Rural Area U14, U-16 quarters today
MUNRO, St Elizabeth — Munro College will be seeking to qualify for both sections of the ISSA/T ... Read More

Officials break ground for US$7.2-million development at Appleton Estate. From left are Jean Phillppe Beyer, managing director Appleton Estate; Clement “Jimmy” Lawrence, chairman, J Wray & Nephew Limited; Kathleen Hall, director, Global strategic marketing; Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, and Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher.Photos: Horace Hines Big push to boost tourism at Appleton Estate
SILOAH, St Elizabeth — Rum company J Wray & Nephew recently broke ground for a US$7.2-mil ... Read More

Remembrance Day in Mandeville

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Wreaths which were laid at the cenotaph

Mandeville, Manchester — Remembrance Day, also known as ‘Poppy Day’, is commemorated worldwide to honour members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. See photo highlights of the Remembrance Day activities in Mandeville on Sunday, November 13. Read More

STETHS seek six

By PAUL A REID Observer Central Writer | Monday, November 28, 2016    

STETHS (blue ad yellow) in a midfield tussle with Lennon High during their ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup semi final at Manchester High on Saturday. STETHS won 2-1.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will go in search of their sixth ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup schoolboy football title and third in four years when they take on 11-time champions, Cornwall College in the final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday. STETHS beat Ben Francis Knockout champions Lennon High 2-1 in Saturday’s semi-finals played at Manchester High, to book a spot in their fifth straight final. STETHS’s win ... Read More

Reverend Kenneth Smith saluted

Monday, November 28, 2016    

The May Day Church of God in Manchester

May Day, Manchester — On December 31, Reverend Dr Kenneth Laury Constantine Smith will retire after 45 years as pastor of the May Day Church of God in Manchester. Referring to his years of service as “a race well run”, congregants took time out recently to honour him. “We remember well your journey from Kingston to May Day, a journey that was planned by the Almighty God, who allowed you and equipped you for your ministry which started here, in the cool hills of Manchest ... Read More

Creativity brings bed space solutions for Black River Hospital

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Retrofitted containers housing the outpatient clinics

Black River, St Elizabeth -— The Black River Hospital has implemented several creative solutions, which have created 28 additional bed spaces, according to a news release from the Ministry of Health. The initiatives include the transformation of the hospital’s old maternity ward, previously used as an outpatient clinic, to an overflow ward for accident and emergency patients; retrofitting of two containers to house the outpatient clinics; and installation of a wheel-chair lift to a ... Read More

Toyota brings transportation relief to rural school

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Toyota Jamaica Managing Director Tom Connor; Olympian Shelly- Ann Fraser-Pryce; Aberdeen Principal Prim Lewis; and Toyota Jamaica Marketing Manager Howard Foster at the handing over of the bus at the St Elizabeth school.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Aberdeen High and Primary School in St Elizabeth recently took the grand prize, a 2017 Toyoto Hiace bus in the Toyota Jamaica Bus Di School competition. School principal Prim Lewis said the vehicle was badly needed to assist students involved in extra-curricular activities. “This bus is needed to take the students to various competitions and activities safely and cost effectively. This helps us to make another important step as we strive to be seen as a ... Read More

‘Blindfolds off’

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, November 28, 2016    

REAP participants at the closing ceremony

Mandeville, Manchester — Earlier this year, an eight-month empowerment programme geared towards women was launched here. The initiative, called REAP, (Realise Embrace Achieve your Purpose), was formulated by non-government organisation Young Women of Purpose (YWOP) and targeted teenagers to young adults. Organisers said that the aim was to build the self-esteem and outlook of the participants who have had setbacks and challenges such as teen pregnancy and abuse. “We tried our be ... Read More


By Observer Central guest writer | Monday, November 28, 2016    

Black River, St Elizabeth — Rohan Thomas, 32, of Old England Manchester has been found guilty of murdering his child’s mother, 18-year-old Kimberly Simpson on November 29, 2013. The guilty verdict came in the St Elizabeth Circuit Court last Thursday. Thomas is accused of fatally stabbing Simpson during a dispute at her home in Nain, St Elizabeth, in the presence of their child, then two years old. It took the seven-member jury just 90 minutes to arrive at a unanimous verdict. ... Read More

A boost for Maggotty High’s cricket programme

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Maggotty High past student Anthony Kepple (right) presents a bowling machine to school captain Jerone Parchment and Principal Sean Graham.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Maggotty High is the only high school in St Elizabeth without a proper playing field. But that hasn’t stopped Principal Sean Graham and the school’s cricket fraternity from developing a ‘2020 vision’. “We have a plan to win the Headley Cup (symbol of supremacy in rural schoolboy cricket) by 2020,” Graham told the Jamaica Observer Central last week. “We have told our friends at STETHS [St Elizabeth Technical High School] that we are taking aim,” he ... Read More

New day for Alpart

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Happy officials from new owners of Alpart, JISCO and former owners Russian company UC Rusal, along with Jamaica government officials and parliamentarians immediately following symbolic ribbon cutting at the Alpart refinery in Nain, last Thursday. The refinery is to be rehabilitated over the next six months with alumina refining set to start after that. Worker recruitment is set to start this week.

NAIN, St Elizabeth — Hope of better days for the economies of south-east St Elizabeth and south Manchester was boosted last week following another big step towards the resumption of alumina production at the Alpart refinery here. Officials of Alpart’s new owners, Chinese company Jiquan Iron and Steel (JISCO), and previous owners, Russia’s UC Rusal, as well Jamaica Government officials took part in a ribbon-cutting exercise and baton changeover to signal a “new beginning ... Read More

$10-m ‘water shop’ to serve 1,000 residents in Clarendon

Saturday, November 26, 2016    

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie (second left) examines the plans for the pilot ‘water shop’ to be erected at Pennants in Clarendon on Wednesday. Explaining details of the project is director of technical services in the ministry, Dwight Wilson (right).

GROUND has been broken for the construction of a $10-million pilot ‘water shop’ in Pennants, Clarendon, which is expected to serve some 1,000 residents. On completion of the project early next year, residents will benefit from three months’ free water. Thereafter, a cost will be applied. The water shop concept will see facilities being established islandwide to dramatically improve the availability of potable water for residents in communities and regions of the island usuall ... Read More



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